Project Milwaukee: Black & White

Race Relations in Milwaukee

Milwaukee has long held the reputation, deservingly or not, of being one of the most segregated cities in the United States. Race relations in our community continue to impact education, economic development and our neighborhoods.

In June of 2009, WUWM News and Lake Effect journalists examined the history and evolution of black-white relations in Milwaukee. Project Milwaukee: Black & White explored how race relations have improved, and where there is still room for growth.

Early History of Race Relations

Jun 11, 2009

Milwaukee has long been known as one of the most segregated cities in the country. This morning, WUWM begins to explore whether that reputation still holds true today. During our Project Milwaukee coverage, we’ll look at the state of race relations in the city, how they’ve improved and where there’s still room for growth. WUWM’s Erin Toner begins our series with a view on the early history of blacks and whites living together in Milwaukee.

Recollections of Life in Bronzeville

Jun 11, 2009

Today is the beginning of our annual Project Milwaukee series. This week and next, we’re examining race relations in the city – how blacks and whites have interacted throughout history, and where those relationships stand today. This morning, we heard about the early history of race relations in Milwaukee – from before the Civil War to the end of World War II. Now, we hear from a man who’s part of that history. WUWM's Erin Toner reports.

Today through next week, WUWM’s Project Milwaukee will examine the state of black-white relations in our community. Earlier this morning, we reported on historic events that brought African Americans to Milwaukee, where the two races began sharing the city. However, their time living side by side was relatively short, according to Marc Levine, Director of the UWM Center for Economic Development. He says those already here, along with realtors, lenders and even the government were of the mind that mixed neighborhoods were unstable. Rules and discrimination followed.